100% of the eggs laid by these magnificent creatures along the beach would be taken by poachers. Volunteers are needed to patrol Costa Rican beaches
Are you interested in working with sea turtles in Central America? Our partner organization in Costa Rica helps sea turtles through conservation, research, sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation. This organization is composed of an expert network of biologists, managers, community leaders and educators who are committed to the recovery and sustainable management of sea turtle populations that are dangerously low in number. Their Nesting Beach project is located in a remote area on the Caribbean coast, bordered by the sea on one side and a canal on the other. These beaches are the nesting site for many leatherback, hawksbill and green sea turtles who come to lay their eggs here. Without the help of this organization, 100% of the eggs laid by these magnificent creatures along the beach would be taken by poachers. Volunteers are needed to patrol the beaches at night when the turtles are active, searching for recent nests or turtles that have come ashore to lay their eggs. The eggs are then relocated to a hatchery where they are protected by the organization until the eggs hatch and the baby turtles can be returned safely to the ocean. This project is only accessible by boat through the beautiful Tortuguero canals, offering volunteers a unique experience where they are fully immersed in nature.
Since most of the activity happens at night, during the day volunteers are free to play sports, swim in the canals, go kayaking, fish, go birding, walk along the beach or read in one of the MANY hammocks.
Since these projects are in remote areas, your first night will be spent in volunteer housing in San Jose. We will pick you up from the San Jose international airport, provide you with a hostel room to sleep in and then take you to the centre the next day (your first day of volunteering).
Volunteers stay in shared cabins at the location of the project. Accommodation is comfortable but simple. During the day, enjoy the hammocks while you rest up for your evening patrols! Solar powered lighting is available in common areas at night, but there is no electricity for personal needs. Cell phone signal is limited and there is no internet access so you will be enjoying Costa Rica without distraction.
Three delicious Costa-rican meals will be provided for you each day. Unlimited coffee, juice and water is available. Vegetarian and vegan food is available.